Real Life sat down with Brandon Copico, Wine Professional with Jacques Scott Wines and Spirits, to get the skinny on which wines pair perfectly with which moods.
A special moment demands a special wine. Enter Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend 2012. Chockfull of blackberry, cherry and a hint of herbs and fine oak, this impressive wine is ideal to mark an occasion. A Pomerol-style Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from famed vintner Heidi Barrett, it’s as complex as you are but delivers more old-world mystique.
Sparkling and full of finesse, Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 is the only answer when it’s time to celebrate. Produced by traditional method, this effervescing wine comes from one of the first English houses to produce sparkling wine and is consistently praised for its balance, complexity, creamy rich aromas and lively bubbles.
Cheers to that.
You’re in love. Every hour is happy hour. Sustain your newfound amour with Coup de Foudre Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from winemaker Kent Jarman. Expressive and tropical, it’s as exotic as your affection with hints of tangerine and pink grapefruit while bright acid on the finish gives it enough edge to keep it interesting. Sound familiar?
Just like your love, Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2010 from Achaval-Ferrer is vibrant, smooth and an absolute delight. 100% Malbec and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, it’s jammy and bright with a snap of raspberry complemented by an elegant finish. Uncork and enjoy its voluptuous body and mouth-filling texture.
It’s all gone pear-shaped. Redemption comes in many forms, but tonight it’s inside a bottle of Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2012. With an enveloping bouquet made up of fruity notes, balsamic, spicy scents and smooth tannins, this flagship red reveals why it’s an icon of elegance. 100% Nero d’Avola, its ruby red colour and full-bodied complexity soothes the soul when you need to drown your sorrows.
Dodged a bullet or just got dumped? Love and hate is a fine line. When you don’t know which side you’re on look to Conundrum White 2015 from Jon Bolta. A blend of five varietals, this full-bodied white reveals complex layers with delicate touches of honeysuckle, tropical white ginger and green apple. Initially big with a hint of sweetness, the finish is brighter with fresh acidity and enduring citrus oils. Like love, once gone it’ll have you longing for more.
Maybe it’s girls’ night. Maybe it’s just time to have fun. Either way grab a bottle of Au Contraire 2014 Chardonnay. Floral with lemon, yuzu and grapefruit, this balanced wine also offers a hint spice and a touch of toasty French oak. Creamy and expressive, it adds joie de vivre to every occasion.
Bubbles scream fun times. And nothing screams louder than Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage. Deep scarlet in colour with aromas of dark, tart berries, a touch of mandarin and saffron and a peppery finish, this champagne is anything but typical. Loud and proud, this exotic fizz adds magic to the evening.
Feeling cheeky? 19 Crimes Red Blend 2016 is the perfect accomplice. Medium-bodied, with bold, wild fruits and hints of sweet blackberry and vanilla, it possesses balanced tannins and a touch of spice. A blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, this crowd-pleaser is a smooth criminal.
When the mood is playful the answer is Pied à Terre Sonoma County Sauvingon Blanc 2015. Bright and fresh, this light bodied white offers subtle aromas of zesty lime and green apple with a touch of rich pine nut. Highly quaffable, its tantalising minerality and crisp acidity make it a lively delight.
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